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Pinedale, Wyoming

Pinedale is located in western Wyoming approximately 78 miles south of Jackson Hole and 100 miles north of Rock Springs along Highway 191. The town is located on the western edge of the Wind River Mountain Range, and is a small community with a western flavor. It has a population of about 1,500 people and is located at 7,175 feet in elevation. The surrounding mountains tower to more than 13,000 feet, and the highest mountain in Wyoming— Gannett Peak, towers above within the Wind River Range.

Pinedale is also situated on the eastern flank of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and is home to more than 100,000 big game animals. This creates Continental America’s longest big game migration route and a crucial link to the Greater Yellowstone (GYE) ecosystem. The area is also home to the largest publicly owned big game winter range in the GYE, the largest mule deer herd in the U.S. and one of the West’s last best sage grouse habitats. Deer and antelope outnumber residents 10-to-one and are commonly seen year-round. Elk, mule deer, antelope, wolves, moose, grizzly and black bear, and many other wildlife species call Sublette County home. The Upper Green River Valley is also a world-class fishery!

County is the gateway to the Wind River Mountains, the Upper Green River Valley, the Gros Ventre Range, and the Wyoming Range, which includes two rugged wilderness areas, the spectacular Bridger Wilderness and Gros Ventre Wilderness. These wilderness areas are pristine unspoiled places where man is only a visitor. More than 1,300 lakes, including Fremont Lake and Half Moon Lake dot the region and are known as some of the best trout fishing outside Alaska. Throughout Sublette County you will find spectacular scenery, wildlife, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, photography, and so many more exciting adventure opportunities.

This rural farming and ranching valley have only about 7,000 residents throughout 4,883 square miles. The county is 80 percent public land including that of the Bureau of Land Management, state and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Fishing here is legendary. The New Fork River starts high in the Wind River Range as a glacial stream before flowing into the New Fork Lakes, just north of Pinedale. From the lakes, it flows as a small stream down the Green River Valley and behind the town of Pinedale. While it widens after merging with Duck Creek, it is still a small stream that provides excellent habitat for German Brown Trout. The Green River starts as a small glacial stream high in the Wind River Mountains. Like the New Fork River, it flows from the glaciers into a pair of large lakes in the northern region of the Winds and emerges suddenly as a fast-flowing, freestone river with a deep emerald color that appropriately gives the Green its name. As it streams through the valley, it widens, slows, and begins to wind its way south. The good bank structure provides holding ground for wild Brown Trout, while the freestone qualities created at the headwaters hold a strong population of hard-fighting Rainbow Trout. Many high mountain lakes of the Wind River Range are home to five-pound golden trout and the Morainel lakes at the base of the Wind River Mountains are home to many giant Lake Trout. The abundance of wildlife within the Green River Valley is a hunter’s nirvana.

Gannet Peak is the highest mountain peak in Wyoming and has five rugged glaciers on its flank, which are the largest glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains. It is remote and considered an exciting alpine mountaineering challenge due to its inaccessibility and moderate difficulty. This trip is best tackled by experienced climbers with great stamina well acclimated to high elevations. Gannett Peak is the longest roundtrip of any climb, including Denali in Alaska. The entire hike is at least 40 miles and an almost 9,000 foot vertical climb.

Average summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s and winter can remain around15 degrees. Average rainfall is about ten inches per year. Pinedale is a great base camp for adventure into the beautiful Wind River Mountains, and right on the way to Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons and Jackson Hole!
Whether you are searching for golden trout, bagging Gannett Peak, plotting a new route up Pingora in the Cirque of the Towers, or just heading in for a quick day hike to enjoy the beautiful wildflowers, you are sure to find this area to be a special place, and will want to return again. If you’re looking for fewer crowds, western hospitality, and fantastic scenery, consider visiting the Upper Green River Valley.